Saturday, August 2, 2014

New but old friends

When we moved to California, we knew we were in for a very special bond of friendships, much like in Okinawa.  We had heard wonderful things about the military community, but we hadn't thought about the community of friends we would meet outside of the USMC.  

This weekend, we ventured into Vista, CA to visit some old friends of Daddy Step's.  He grew up with both the husband and wife, and has fond memories together.  They live out in Vista, CA now with their adorable children.  As it may be- they are extremely close in age to Z Step and E Step, and one even share a name.  

Vista was not nearly as far as I imagined.  It was 2 1/2 hours with no stops, which is quite impressive for California traffic.  It was a really pretty drive, we drove through the desert, lots of farms, vineyards, and eventually into Vista, which is just a drive from the Pacific Ocean.  California really does change dramatically with just a short drive!  

Eventually we made it, and the kids immediately began playing.  Our boys have been without many toys for months now, and they really needed the social interaction and kid-friendly home.  This was a perfect weekend getaway.  

Unfortunately, the rain followed us into Vista.  Can you believe it has rained 6 times since we have moved out here?  I thought it hardly ever rains!  I am beginning to not believe that fact anymore.  Our beach day on Saturday was rained out, but we made the best of it.  Lots of playing, a playground, and dinner off the grill.  We have really missed grilling- we still don't have a home or our things.  
They see me rollin...

They had so much fun.  Unfortunately I was having some camera issues and didn't get the most clear shots

Z Step was so excited to feed the lizards crickets

E Step taking some guidance on proper chalk technique

Z Step and E Step really needed this weekend.  Not only do we need to escape Twentynine Palms from time to time, but we also needed to play with some kids our age.  This was perfect, as they all hit it off so well.  Z Step cried and was begging us to turn around in the car to go back to his friends.  There was talk of marriage and a baby with their oldest girl.  I'm not sure if I'm ready for that one yet!